Massage, aromatherapy, reflexology and a variety of relaxation techniques are frequently used in hospices, supportive care settings and some hospitals. However, there are still gaps and limitations in the choices offered to patients. HEARTS (Hands-on, Empathy, Aromas, Relaxation, Textures, Sound) was devised to bridge this gap for complementary therapists, patients, carers and health care professionals. HEARTS can be used either on its own, or integrated with a conventional complementary therapy. It can also be used easily by health care workers (and carers) who are not qualified in any therapies.
By discussing principles which may influence the effectiveness of touch and relaxation therapies, the book emphasises that there are 'easy' approaches that can be utilised when working with distressed and vulnerable patients.
By developing an understanding of touch, aromas and the sound of the human voice, Combining Touch and Relaxation Skills for Cancer Care guides practitioners in helping their patients achieve a state of relaxation and calm as quickly and easily as possible.
About the Authors:
Ann Carter BA Dip. Health Ed Cert. Ed Cert. NLP Dip NM*
Ann's background is in teaching and training and she has worked in supportive and palliative settings since 1991. In addition to being a complementary therapist, Ann's roles have included Complementary Therapy Coordinator at St. Ann's Hospice in Manchester from 2000 to 2008, and from 2008-2014, she was a Senior Therapist at the Christie Hospital. Together with Peter Mackereth, Ann has played a major role in developing training courses for complementary therapists in cancer care. She continues to teach HEARTS to complementary therapists and other health care professionals throughout the UK, and has recently introduced a specially designed HEARTS teacher training course. Ann has also contributed numerous articles to complementary therapy journals and has co-edited 3 books, two of which are related to complementary therapies in cancer care.
* Dip. NM is a life coaching qualification